Formula 1 veteran Marcus Ericsson has chosen the IndyCar Series and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as his new challenge starting in 2019. The Swede will complete his fifth season of F1 in the coming weeks before turning his attention to the Honda-powered SPM team and the task of learning new circuits and the discipline of oval racing.
“It’s a great honor to be picked as one of the drivers at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and IndyCar for the 2019 season,” said Ericsson, whose switch to IndyCar was trailed by RACER at the beginning of the month. “It feels like a perfect step for me and my career after five years in F1.
“I can’t wait to start work with SPM and all the people in the team, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. They’ve had some great success over the years, and I’m looking forward to work hard to continue and improve on that path. The racing in IndyCar looks great and I feel really excited to be part of it in the future. It will be a lot to learn including new tracks, oval racing, etc. I know it won’t be easy, but it’s a challenge I’m very much looking forward to and I can’t wait to get started.”
The 28-year-old also considered the Carlin Racing IndyCar team, but as of last weekend in Mexico, his focus turned toward SPM due to its proven competitiveness with James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens (below). Ericsson will drive the No. 7 Honda alongside Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda.
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The 2018 season marks Marshall Pruett's 32nd year working in the sport. In his role today for RACER, Pruett covers open-wheel and sports car racing as a writer, reporter, photographer, and filmmaker. In his previous career, he served as a mechanic, engineer, and team manager in a variety of series, including IndyCar, IMSA, and World Challenge.